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Take a deep breath

india Updated: Feb 02, 2009 12:01 IST

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Apropos of the report Yoga knows no religion (January 29), it seems some people have a problem with anything good that goes around, hence their talk of an unholy connection between yoga and religion. It’s ridiculous that a religion should deprive anyone from being healthy, as yoga is all about health and well-being. Support from a cross-section of religions proves the non-existence of an unhealthy link. In fact, the huge popularity of yoga should convince us further that practising it is also spiritually healthy.

Amrit Garg, via email

Stop shortchanging children

In her article Beg their pardon (January 30), Lalita Panicker has caught us red-handed in our hostility towards impoverished children. Our inherent apathy is a product of an acute lack of consideration towards the underprivileged. Even though female infanticide and infant mortality rates are alarmingly high, it is child labour that poses the biggest threat. It robs children of their childhood and denies them the right to go to school. India has the largest number of illiterates in the world, two-thirds of whom are girls. It’s a shame that the shoulders on which the future of the nation rests, are forced to carry such a great burden of inequity.

Gautam Chandra, via email

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Lalita Panicker’s article made for great reading but one can’t agree with her closing notes, claiming that a society which neglects its children doesn’t have the right to bask in its economic glory. At the micro- level, this also applies to a majority of the upper middle-class that is so busy gloating over its economic windfall, that it often forgets to treat its children with the fondness and parental love they deserve.

Karunendra Mathur, via email

Tread cautiously on Sri Lanka

With reference to the editorial What after the LTTE? (Our Take, January 29), India needs to keep a safe distance from Sri Lanka’s internal conflict. Intervention would weaken India’s moral authority to fight against terrorism and separatism in Kashmir, one of the many crises that we are facing today. India should support Sri Lanka against the LTTE as this organisation has pioneered suicide terrorism in South Asia, claiming numerous lives. But we must be cautious for whenever we have endeavoured to help Sri Lanka, we have got our fingers burnt.

Manjunath R Goudar, Dharwad

Remedies that kill, not cure

The editorial Side-effects that could kill (Our Take, January 28), rightly highlighted the dangers associated with medical wastes that find their way into the ground water. We should remember that whatever we do to our water bodies harms us as well. Our pharmaceutical industry is also accountable to the environment, and there should be effective regulatory mechanisms to check water pollution. But the critical thing is that the lure of cheap labour and lax regulations in developing nations often take precedence over the human cost, including health risks and diseases.

Manoj Misra, Delhi

Don’t wait for US approval

In his article No more handholding, please (January 30), Bharat Karnad has remonstrated forcefully with the Government of India against leaning too much on the US for curbing Pakistan-sponsored terrorism against India. History shows that the US has never helped a country unless its own national interests are well-served by doing so. India would do well to develop its own capability against terrorism and send a strong message to Pakistan that it is not risk averse when it comes to defending its territorial integrity and its citizens against future terror attacks.

RJ Khurana, Bhopal

Don’t drink to this

The Managalore attack has been blown out of proportion. There is no dispute about the folly of those who take the law into their hands and act as a parallel force to the government. But it’s unfortunate that there are some sections who feel that the ‘pub culture’ is their birth right. In fact, it is an outlandish concept which has far-reaching and adverse consequences on a healthy society. We need to kickstart a debate on this to ensure that the youth do not fall prey to Western culture.

KV Seetharamaiah, Hassan